TIPS FOR RIDING
Before you embark on the new adventure of riding with a passenger, make sure you are expeienced enough to carry one, and consider these other important guidelines:
Make sure your motorcycle is equiped to carry a passenger, including minimum load capacity, passenger pillion and grab strap and passenger footpegs.
With the additional weight of a passenger, propper tire pressure is critical for safe riding. See your Owner's Manual for your motorcycle's recommended tire pressures and always check both tires before each ride.
Optimize your bike's ride quality by adjusting your suspension for two rides.
Every motorcycle handles diferently with two riders rather than with one. The added weight means braking distances increase with acceleration capabilities decrease. If you're uncertain about riding with a passenger, spend some time developing a feel for riding two-up in an empty parling lot or other open area before heading out onto secondary streets or the highway.
Comfort is important for both riders. Make sure your passenger has the same articles of properly fitting protective gear that you do (helmet, jacket, boots, rainwear, etc.).
Many automobile drivers who are involved in accidents with motorcycles say they just never saw them. Improve your visibility to other road users by wearing bright colors and retro-reflective materials.
Some states have minimum age requirements for passengers, as well as requirements that a passenger must be able to touch both footpegs at once. know the laws of your state before carrying children on a motorcycle. Never position a passenger on the fuel tank or in front the rider.
Determine a basic system to communicate needs such as pit stops and directions. Discuss in advance where the passenger should hold on, when/how to lean and what to avoid touching on the motorcycle. Looking over the front rider's shoulder in the direction of a turn is one simple way to achieve "correct" leaning.
From Harley-Davidson Enthusiast, Spring 2004